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Wrestlemania XXX: So Who Are The Leading Asian Wrestlers?

Grappling stars like John Cena, The Undertaker and Hulk Hogan will be performing this weekend at Wrestlemania XXX, the biggest show that World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) holds each year. To mark the pay-per-view event on April 6th in New Orleans, Entouraaj looks at five leading Asian wrestlers. The-Great-Khali-vs-Marella

The Great Khali

The seven-foot one former police from the Punjab has shot his way to the top of the WWE. The 41-year-old has been in the WWE since 2006, becoming the first Indian to be signed by the company. He has feuded with the top stars including The Undertaker and won the heavyweight title after winning a 20-man Battle Royal in 2007. The WWE have played up his Indian roots by pairing him with manager Ranjin Singh and putting him in Punjabi Prison matches. His nicknames include the Punjabi Nightmare and his theme music is Land of Five Rivers by Panjabi MC. His TV career also includes appearing on Bigg Boss, India’s version of Big Brother, where he finished runner up. Khali was provided with a custom-made bed on the show to fit him. His status has seen him appear in Bollywood and Hollywood films as well as in Disney show Pair of Kings, as the giant Utog.

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Sonjay Dutt

Dutt is arguably the pick of the Asian wrestlers in terms of style. His high-flying, acrobatic moves are a must watch on YouTube. Dutt has been in the industry for 14 years and has had numerous spells in the cruiserweight division at TNA, the world's second biggest wrestling company. The 31-year-old has also wrestled in Japan, for Ring of Honour in the US and the Ring Ka King promotion in India. He has a host of special moves including the 450 degree splash, the Hindu press which is a corkscrew 450 degree splash and the Bombay Buster suplex and facebreaker. It has been reported that the Washington-born grappler chose his ring name after Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt. Jinder-Mahal-WWE-WrestlerThree-Man-Band

Jinder Mahal

The 27-year-old has a bright future in the sport and currently wrestles in the WWE as a member of the Three Man Band. The Canada-born star wrestled with his cousin Gama Singh Jr in Canada's Stampede Wrestling in tag teams called The Karachi Vice and Sikh n' Destroy.  He then worked with his brother Ranjin Singh in the WWE. Mahal feuded with The Great Khali where he spoke in Punjabi on his WWE debut and wore a turban and sherwani coat. Mahal currently appears on the WWE’s Smackdown programme. His crew, the Three Man Band, recently competed in a fatal-four-way match to become contenders for the WWE Tag Team Championship but the match ended in a no contest. But 3MB will be at Wrestlemania XXX in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal.

Team Perfection

The first British Asian tag team were chosen for a competition called TNA Gutcheck to pick the best rookie talent. They did not get the most votes to make it onto the show but 'Punjabi Prince' Jazz Gill & 'Perfect Picture' Zaid Khan are still competing around the world. I caught up with Zaid who revealed what the duo have been up to since last year’s TNA competition. He told Entouraaj: “We have competed in wrestling shows across the country. This also led to a role in a music video for a new rock band called 'The Villains' which became the number one requested music video on 'Scuzz TV and most viewed video on www.muzu.tv. “As for now I have been in talks with wrestling promoters across the world for upcoming projects. So things are looking good.”  The wrestlers, who are based in Essex, have met superstars like The Rock, Batista, Kurt Angle, Mick Foley, and Sting. Hogan, the host of this weekend’s Wrestlemania, even sent them a message which read: “Yo Team Perfection best of luck with your wrestling careers, stay strong and don’t ever miss a workout brothers.”

Rajesh Kumar

There are few men bigger than The Great Khali – but this wrestler from India is one of them. Kumar has been called the "New Khali” as he stands at seven feet five inches. This is all down to a daily diet which includes 40 eggs, 5-6 kg of chicken, seven litres of milk, 6-7 kg of fruits and over 30 chapatis. The 39-year-old trains for around seven hours a day and has been mentored by coach Randhir Asthir in Jalandhar, Punjab. The father-of-two, who used to work in a field, flew to Japan last year to take part in a training camp. He is a name to look out for in the future.


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